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Newsletter from our chairman, Ruth Piolle

                                                                                                         May 22nd 2019

Dear Members of TCS,

This season’s singing has drawn to a close with a successful May concert and our annual ramble and meal at The Anchor in Oldbury.  What wonderful weather we had for it!

Our concerts, this year have taken us somewhat out of our comfort zone in terms of content but we have experienced something different and have probably been surprised at the outcome. Certainly, comments I heard about both concerts were generally positive so we can be pleased with that. Steven and Robin put an enormous amount of work into the preparation of rehearsals and the concert, so it was good to know from Steven’s recent email that he was pleased with our performance of “The Cotswold Romance” and “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast”.  

The February workshop, so ably organised by Jos with Alison’s help was once more most enjoyable and helped fill the coffers as well as raising some funds for Charity.

Now that our thoughts are turning to the next singing year there are some changes afoot.

Firstly, as you know, Margaret Pinder is stepping down from being Secretary.  She has filled the role for six years and overseen some important changes in its organisation.  It has been a huge amount of work for which TCS is immeasurably grateful.   Later in the Summer nomination forms for new committee members will be sent out together with the papers for the AGM.

Secondly, there is a proposal to make a change in the way we pay our annual subscription.  For some time we have been able to pay our annual subscription in two instalments in September and January.  This is not strictly in accordance with the Constitution of the society which states that membership should be paid annually in advance.  Consequently, next season the committee propose to make the following change.  It will still be possible to pay the annual amount in one go in September.  However, it will also be possible to present the Treasurer with three cheques in September, one dated for September and the other two post dated for October and November respectively thus spreading the cost.  This proposition will be put before the society at the AGM on 2nd September so it would be useful if you could give it some thought beforehand. As usual, we will begin rehearsals after the AGM.

You will be aware that our membership has decreased recently so we are taking steps to attract new members.  The “ Welcome to Thornbury” event in March was one such measure which we think has helped to raise the profile of the Society.  During that morning we distributed quite a number of flyers for the May concert and had several people expressing an interest in the “ Get Back to Singing Course” we will be running in January to March 2020. Let’s hope that this will encourage some more people to join us.

This year has certainly been different for me.  Two concerts and a Workshop later and I have survived and so has TCS!   It is the first time I have been chairman of anything!  I would like to thank you all for your kind words, encouragement and tolerance of my shortcomings.  Thank you especially to the committee who all work so hard for the smooth running of the concerts and particularly to Margaret without whom we would all be at sea.

I look forward to seeing you all again in September for a new year of singing.

Enjoy the summer break.


Occasional repertoire

From time to time, we are rehearsing some additional songs that we can sing on suitable occasions.  These have been suggested:

As Torrents in Summer

The Ash Grove

Locus Iste

Waltzing Matilda

Available on IMSLP:

Bruckner - Locus Iste

Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine

Morley - Now Is the Month of Maying

Mozart - Ave Verum (vocal score)

Sullivan - The Long Day Closes (in Ab)

Available on CPDL:

Elgar - As Torrents in Summer            download mp3 files here: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

Ford - Since First I Saw Your Face

Stanford - The Blue Bird

Franck - Panis Angelicus (chorus)